Cannibal Wouldn’t Stop Chewing On Man’s Face
By Dock Walls, @dockwalls
Zombies who try to eat other people’s brains are the latest phenomenon to spur discussion concerning the end of the world. The rise in the number of police reports involving people who have gone berserk and begun chewing on other people’s faces is troubling. Recently, at least ten such cannibalistic cases have been documented. Authorities have begun to chronicle these psychotic encounters under the heading “Apocalyptic Zombie.”
In the latest episode, Miami Police were summoned to the scene by a man who failed in his attempts to stop 31-year-old Rudy Eugene from savagely gnawing on the face of Ronald Poppo. When they arrived, police found a naked, blood-splattered Eugene growling and chewing on the face of 65-year-old Poppo. Even after the police confronted the crazed man and repeatedly ordered him to stop, Eugene continued to bite into Poppo’s face. Police were forced to unleash a hail of gunfire to stop and kill Rudy Eugene. Ronald Poppo is now in the hospital, fighting for his life.
This latest rash of strange apocalyptic-type episodes intrigues Doomsday theorists, who insist that the world will end on December 21, 2012. That prophesy stems from findings that the ancient Mayan calendar ends on that date. Nonbelievers, who don’t dispute a literal end to the calendar, argue that this cessation simply signals a transition from one World Age to another.
The most prominent doomsday scenario suggests that on December 21, 2012, at the dawn of the Summer Solstice, the sun will be perfectly aligned between the Earth and the gigantic, rapidly rotating, black hole located at the center of our galaxy. Reportedly, our solar system will pass through this black hole, resulting in a reversal of the Earth’s gravitational pull. As the story goes, this dreadful occurrence will trigger a series of cataclysmic earthly events, including tidal waves, floods, devastating earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, global warming and more. Interestingly, according to the Goddard Institute for Space and Science, an analysis of air and water temperature anomalies reveals that April 2012 is the fourth warmest April on record.
Throughout history, man has looked to the skies for information. Astronomers, Astrologists and Seafarers have processed that information and given it practical application on Earth. The stars have guided our ships, our activities and our lives.
A series of current stellar events have fueled the doomsday discussion. One such event was the annular eclipse that took place Sunday, May 20, 2012. The moon covered up the sun with the exception of the outer fringe. The ring of fire that remained visible, is called the “annulus,” Latin for ring. Solar eclipses are rare and unusual. Most people find them to be fascinating and even mysterious.
Among the other stellar items adding to doomsday speculation is the active sunspot region 1476, which is being closely monitored by NASA Scientists. Easily visible on the solar surface 93 million miles (149 million km) away, this 100,000 kilometer, Earth-sized sunspot region, is the most active since 2003. Sunspots are points where powerful magnetic fields arise through the sun’s surface and emit solar flares.
Although scientists are still struggling to determine why these magnetic fields become unstable and explode, it is clear that the energy released in the form of solar flares is equivalent to 10 billion hydrogen bombs. Although the energetic particles from Solar Flares threaten astronauts orbiting the Eath and damage sensitive electronic equipment in space, those of us on Earth are protected by our atmosphere and magnetic fields. Still, solar flares have interfered with electronic signals, radio waves, GPS and other advanced technological tools.
More troubling are the geomagnetic storms due to coronal mass ejections (CMEs) – huge burst of charged particles and magnetic fields that explode off the surface of the sun. NASA recently reported that CMEs have increased in strength, and are now rated a G3 on a scale from G1 to G5T. This enhanced solar activity has caused rapid changes to the shape of Earth’s magnetosphere – the bubble of protective magnetic fields surrounding the Earth – resulting in a geomagnetic storm.
These mammoth sunspots are becoming troublesome, sending CMEs which, unlike regular solar flares, may be dangerous to earthly inhabitants. Some wonder if, in coming months, enlarged holes in our protective magnetic fields coupled with a change in the direction of these solar storms might cause the Earth ending disasters people fear.
The Earth is a highly unpredictable living breathing organism. Arguably, this sphere has existed, in one form or another, for approximately 4 billion years. No one knows how, when or why it will cease to exist. However, one thing is certain: We are one day closer to the end of the world than we were yesterday.